Bontrager Valiant Ceramic Rim

5/5 (5 Reviews)
Weight : 400 grams MSRP : $99.00


Product Description

  • Front wheel specific.
  • Our cermet reinforced ceramic coatings provide vastly increased braking power and eliminate rim sidewall wear through
  • Patented welded and reinforced seam with machined sidewalls
  • 539 ERD


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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jimmy from maryland

    Date Reviewed: January 25, 2004

    Strengths:    great braking, light weight, strong

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    I walked into a local shop about a year ago with the intention of getting a bike with disc brakes. One of the shop managers talked me out of discs and into these most excellent ceramic rims. I've never ridden discs. The first set of pads went quickly. Since then I've put over 400 miles of slimy east coast epics on the same set of pads. In the worst conditions I've had braking while XTR disc riders did not. If you're under 160 lbs, consider these rims over a disc setup

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    Favorite Trail:   right hand fork trail

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Glenn Vernes a Cross Country Rider from Middletown CT USA

    Date Reviewed: October 30, 2002

    Strengths:    Strong, light, ceramic braking surface, lasts forever

    Weaknesses:    Can't think of any

    Bottom Line:   
    I built these wheels myself with XTR hubs, DT spokes and brass nipples. It's a light setup and I noticed that on the first ride, they roll with less effort than a heavier wheel. This setup is actually lighter than Mavic Crossmax, a lot cheaper and probably stronger too. I've ridden them for two years and they've held up fine with occasional truing. With the ceramic coating they take damn near forever to wear out and are a better value than non-ceramic because of that. A word to the wise: avoid alloy nipples. They are nothing but trouble (they seize on the spoke and break), and not worth the small weight savings.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $99.00

    Purchased At:   Pedal Power

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic 517, Bontrager Mustang, Ritchey Logic

    Bike Setup:   Sugar 1, Bomber, XTR

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Frank Daugherty a Cross Country Rider from Huntington Beach

    Date Reviewed: October 7, 2002

    Strengths:    The best ceramic coating in the business, IMHO. Light weight, Bontrager deisgned

    Weaknesses:    Lt. weight means front only and you don't get to huck the thing around

    Bottom Line:   
    In the Southwest we don't need discs, we need these.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   BikeCo

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic 517 Ceramics

    Bike Setup:   Uzzi SL set up for cross country

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by josh kissinger a Cross Country Rider from east hampton, ct

    Date Reviewed: May 25, 2002

    Strengths:    strong, light, good braking

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    i cant believe these wheels. while they were expensive ($350 for the set), they have more than made up for the cost. i have had almost two years of use on them, and have only had to true them like three or four times, and never had to tension them. I work at a bike shop, and have seen what people can do to wheels, and i am amazed mine have held up so well. im not sure how much the ceramic helps braking, but it completely stops sidewall wear. my sidewalls are as good as new, and there are no chips or cracks in the ceramic. overall, very good wheels.

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    Favorite Trail:   meshomasic

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   cambriabike.com

    Similar Products Used:   mavic, low end bontrager

    Bike Setup:   my wheels are XTR hubs laced 3x with the valiant ceramic rims. 32 hole

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dustin Palmer a Cross Country Rider from The Colony, TX

    Date Reviewed: February 2, 2002

    Strengths:    -Ceramic

    Weaknesses:    -Zero

    Bottom Line:   
    This wheel rox! It rolls very well, and the strength is unreal. The only way to purchase this rim is to have a wheel built or build it yourself, but it's well worth the extra few dollars. Spline it to the hub of your choice, spokes and or nipples you like in diff. colors and guage sizes. If your looking for one hell of a wheel that's going to handle all of your serious XC needs, I'd suggest you take a look at this rim; you won't be dissapointed.

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    Favorite Trail:   Northshore, Grapevine, TX

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   Bicycles Plus, Flowermound, TX

    Similar Products Used:   -01' Bontrager Race Wheelset

    Bike Setup:   -Full XTR

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